Charleston Mayor Joe Riley to serve on national historic preservation council

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley

President Barack Obama will appoint Charleston Mayor Joe Riley as a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, according to a Thursday news release from the White House.

The Advisory Council promotes the preservation, enhancement and sustainable use of the nation’s diverse historic resources, and advises the president and Congress on national historic preservation policy.

Riley, in a prepared statement, said he looks forward to sharing the preservation ethics developed by generations of Charlestonians.

“As the mayor of Charleston, I keenly understand the importance of place to the citizens of our historic city. Historic preservation champions the places where people live, work, vacation and go about their everyday lives. Charleston has always recognized this, and I’m delighted to be able to bring my passion for preservation to the federal level.”

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